Social Distancing: The Best Tool To Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

With the current coronavirus outbreak showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, public health officials both in and outside of the U.S. are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow down the spread of the pandemic and hopefully minimize new cases. And besides staying inside our homes and washing our hands thoroughly with soap and water, experts are saying that social distancing is another effective way to do it.

Social Distancing

As one of the tools that public health officials are recommending to slow down the spread of the disease, social distancing is a simple strategy that anyone can do at any time. Simply put, social distancing requires someone to stay far away enough from each other so that the virus can’t spread from person to person.

According to a description provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing also means staying away from enclosed spaces, crowds and large gatherings where people are tightly packed and so close to each other. Furthermore, people are also recommended to keep a distance of at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people, which is also the size of one average body length.

For example, New York City has decided to temporarily close theaters and some schools since such places usually have a lot of people very close to each other in the same room. Additionally, large conventions that draw massive crowds of people have also been cancelled in line with the preventive measure. It also means not touching another person, as well as keeping a sanitizer ready.

And while it can’t prevent transmissions by 100 percent, it’s still an effective way to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Is it always possible?

Unfortunately, social distancing can be a privilege for a lot of people, especially for developing nations like the Philippines. For example, while the country has a massive transportation problem, not everyone can afford social distancing since going to and from work requires people to be tightly packed in PUVs and trains.

Nevertheless, doing it whenever it’s possible is effective, and should be followed.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time by Johns Hopkins University. Dong E, Du H, Gardner L./Johns Hopkins University